PHOTO CAPTION: Has the new bylaw come too late for Dynasty Motorcars and the IT low-speed electric vehicle?

Vancouver Close to Permitting Low-speed Electric Cars on City Streets

The new bylaw would allow low-speed electric vehicles to travel on any city street with a posted speed limit of 50 km/h or lower. Pictured is Canadian-developed Dynasty Motorcars IT low-speed electric car.

Published: 30-Sep-2008

VANCOUVER - The electric-car movement is gaining momentum in Canada, with Vancouver set to become the first major Canadian city to allow the zero-emission vehicles on its streets.

If the bylaw to allow low-speed electric vehicles is passed by city council this week, Vancouver will become the second city in the country to adopt the little green cars.

The first to make it legal for the cars to travel on its roads was Oak Bay, a bedroom community of Victoria, which recently passed a bylaw.


Ray Lane, managing partner of venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins, Caufield and Byers, which has invested in Think, believes Think could eventually sell as many as 30,000 to 50,000 City cars a year.

The production electric vehicle to be introduced in 2010 will have a unique bodystyle and is not based on any existing Nissan model, unlike the technology 'mule' pictured above.

The 100-mile range electric car has been operating with Japanese power companies for the last two years.


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